Stress Relief in Pictures

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2018-10-01 13:02:28 -0500
Started 2018-08-01 16:48:55 -0500

Lots of us have underlying stresses that eat at us daily. There are a lot of ways to deal with it, but I have found that just relaxing with an inkpen and paper has been doing wonders for me. I draw my stress away.
So if that is your thing too, and maybe you want to have a little bit of a platform to share your activism about diabetes (or something else if you like) there is a neat project that is going on in the Brooklyn Library. It's called the Sketch Book Project.

You can order a sketch book and you have several months (up to a year depending on when you order your book) and you can choose a theme they offer or just do your own book. You do NOT have to be an artist, poet or anything like that. It is the expression they are seeking. Your book goes into the library and each year they take the previous year participants books on a national tour. People will get to read or see or touch your book.

I got mine a couple of weeks ago and have been enjoying drawing and writing in it.
The link for more information is here:

Kind of thought you might like something that was a little different. Let me know if you get one, so I can look you up.

Happy doodling!

4 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2018-10-01 13:02:28 -0500 Report

Gabby that is a great idea. I actually can only draw stick figures and trees that look like they should be chopped down. I have actually learned how to loom so that is what is keeping me busy.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-08-09 11:12:03 -0500 Report

Gabby, what an amazing idea. This reminds me of adult coloring books for stress relief. We hand them out to employees at a company I work with, and I have also seen online coloring book apps. I like the idea of a sketchbook even more, all that free expression is a great way to channel that stress into something fun and relaxing. I will check out that site and see what people are coming up with.

GabbyPA 2018-08-25 14:21:02 -0500 Report

Yes, the theme I chose is "things I've left behind", but in doing it, I found that things I left still have had their affect on me. It's been a neat journey and I am having a good time. Joan was going to do one, but never got the chance...sadly.
There are some mad creative folks out there. I am a little more pragmatic, but you can look at past sketchbooks online for those that have them digitally uploaded. I did not pay to do that this year, but I may in the years to come. I think I would like to do at least one a year.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-08-29 21:31:18 -0500 Report

That is a great idea for a creative theme. I can imagine that must have brought up a lot of memories and feelings. I think our friend Joan would have also done something really creative.